Sung to the tune of “Cry Me a River”: Alexander's
on the 23rd floor of the downtown Hilton
—the skyscraping jazz-bôite with spectacular manifest -destiny views of this fair city—will close its doors, wheezing its final rendition
of “Stardust” on December 16
. And while jazz-jam godfather Ron Steen
was given some notice on the loss of his four-night-a-week gig, they initially neglected to inform the Portland Jazz Festival
who'd contracted for seven nights there this coming February— Tracy Marks, Hilton GM
, said they will “honor” that commitment.
Marks adds that while they'd've liked to continue regular music, the current “upside-down financial situation” of presenting jazz didn't warrant a reprieve. Sadly the room, which harkened back to pre-JFK, martini-fueled, cosmopolitan penthouse lounges
, will probably join the ranks of other former jazz clubs and either become a karaoke bar, a strip club, or more likely mature into a nondescript, beige corporate meeting-space
for drive-by banquets, bar mitzvahs, and weddings.
Photo: The view from the famous Alexander's men's bathroom.